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Research and Projects

This page provides more detail about the PenARC project portfolio. Projects are themed around five research areas:

  • Complex Care
  • Dementia
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Methods for Research and Improvement

There are a variety of routes through which research questions become projects, but our adoption processes have the same three key aims:   

  • Conduct patient-focused research reflecting the needs of the public and the NHS
  • Support evidence-based service change for the benefit of patients and the public
  • Build capacity within the local health economy to generate and effectively use the results of research

In the pages below you can find out more information about many of our current and completed projects. You can filter content by PenARC (and PenCLAHRC) research themes, status, or by keywords.

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Understanding stakeholders’ perspectives on implementing deprescribing in care homes (STOPPING)

Theme: CLAHRC - Person-Centred Care
Status: Live

We have been awarded funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a way of reducing and stopping some medicines for older people living in care homes. Read more

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SAMueL – Stroke Audit Machine Learning

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Live

This study aims to develop a tool for doctors to help them review and improve the speed and use of a clot busting drug when someone has had a stroke Read more

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Social Prescribing - Understanding what works in, and supporting provision of, nature - based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness

Theme: CLAHRC - Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

We have been awarded funding from DEFRA to identify what works in the use of nature-based therapeutic interventions for people with an identifiable mental illness. The new work is closely aligned with the MRC funded Nature on Prescription project. Read more

Social Prescribing - Cornwall and Plymouth Researcher in Residence

Theme: CLAHRC - Healthy People, Healthy Environments
Status: Live

Evaluation work by a Researcher in Residence to assess implementation, reach, scope and acceptability of new Department for Health and Social Care funded social prescription schemes in Cornwall and Plymouth. Read more

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ADAPT: Accelerated Design and Programme Testing

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

The research involves adapting aspects of Family Nurse Partnership, an evidence-based programme for young mothers and their babies, and then testing those adaptations with a focus on acceptability, implementation and outcomes. The adaptations include introducing personalisation and adjusting clinical content relating to attachment, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, neglect, mental health and intimate partner violence. Read more

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Early Learning Communities

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

The research involves a review of the international evidence on how to promote the school readiness of young children growing up in poverty, and consultation with practitioners, system leaders and families in four Early Learning Communities. Together, these will contribute to the development of a toolkit for Save the Children staff and partners to inform the co-design of effective local early learning systems. Read more

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D-PACT: Dementia - Person Aligned Care Team

Theme: CLAHRC - Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Live

The Dementia – PACT (D-PACT) programme is a five-year project, funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant for Applied Research (PGfAR), that aims to develop and evaluate a system for dementia support based in general practice for people with dementia and their carers. Read more

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PenCHORD - Optimising the location of urgent care sites in Cornwall

Theme: PenCHORD
Status: Complete

This project aimed to assess the optimal number and location of sites for patients to access urgent and emergency care in Cornwall. The project fed into “Shaping Our Future” - the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. Read more

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Hemi SPAiRE

Theme: CLAHRC - Evidence for Policy and Practice
Status: Live

The Hemi SPAIRE study: The effects of a modified muscle sparing posterior technique (SPAIRE) in hip hemiarthoplasty for displaced intracapsular fractures on post-operative function compared to a standard lateral approach; A randomised controlled trial. Read more

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Research project attracts £750,000 funding to support remote GP care delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic

06 August 2020

A joint project between the Universities of Oxford and Plymouth has received £750,000 of funding...
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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

03 August 2020

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in...
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Innovative HSMA training programme makes virtual return

29 July 2020

Following on from two hugely successful rounds of PenARC's Health Service Modelling Associate Programme (HSMA), HSMA 3 will launch...
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Research Projects

Modelling demand and capacity for NHS Trusts in the South West

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

A tool has been developed to support forecasting resource demand and staffing capacity in NHS...
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Research Projects